Thursday, 18 July 2024

Lakeport man arrested for sexual assault

LAKEPORT – A local man has been arrested by Mendocino County authorities in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred last week.


Carlos Alberto Lopez, 38, of Lakeport was arrested Tuesday by officials with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, according to a report from Lt. Rusty Noe.


Lopez works as a correctional deputy with Mendocino County, Noe said.


On Oct. 1 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a report from a female subject who stated that she had been the victim of an assault during her release from the Mendocino County Jail, Noe reported.


Noe said that, due to the nature of the criminal complaint, the case was referred to the sheriff's office's detectives.


Working with the sheriff's internal affairs division and the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office, detectives started a criminal investigation and were able to develop evidence that confirmed the victim's allegations, Noe said.


Noe said that on Tuesday, Lopez was called into the sheriff's office for an interview, after which he was arrested and booked into the county jail on charges of a sexual assault under the color of authority.


Lopez was placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the internal affairs investigation, Noe reported.


Noe said Lopez posted $15,000 bail and has been released.


Because all officers in the state have protection under the Peace Officers Bill of Rights, by government code it is unlawful to release an officer's photo, Noe said.

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